Vail Valley Voices: Busy night for Eagle Town Board
At the latest Eagle Board of Trustee meeting, once again Town Hall was packed, less one absent board member. It is always great to see seats filled, even if many left after the lifetime achievement award was presented by the Colorado City and County Managers Association to Eagle’s town manager, Willy Powell, for his 28 years of service. Not surprisingly, this tenure puts him at the top of the list for Colorado’s longest-serving town manager. Other public comment was an exciting announcement about the merging of the various emergency medical services (Eagle County Ambulance District and Western Eagle County Ambulance District), which will improve efficiency and lower property taxes while still providing great service. Dale Nelson was present to introduce himself as the independent county commissioner candidate (email@example.com). And the final public comment was a thank you from the town to both the Carpenters Union and the owner of the Laughing Buddha building , who were asked to come to the meeting because of their property improvements that have helped spruce up Eagle.Next up was a review of six liquor licenses. The two special events were for the NRA fundraiser (www.friendsofnra.org) being held on Sept. 29 at Brush Creek Pavilion and the Re-Discover Eagle party (www.Eagleoutside.com) being held on Aug. 29 at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink. There was one liquor license change in location as Eagle Liquor Mart is moving down the street to the former Mi Pueblo location. And from public comment on the issue, it seems the landlord from their old location will be coming in for a new permit, which will add a sixth liquor store if approved.The Haymeadow project sketch plan (density, use, location) review was discussed with only two from the public commenting on this file. The public comment throughout the nine hearings has been low in number and the last chance for doing so will be at the Sept. 11 hearing, when the board hears staff’s recommendation.Several agenda items were postponed until Aug. 28, as the mayor OK’d the town manager leaving early to celebrate with family and friends. This decision helped keep the agenda on track for the time estimates in place for the second meeting in a row. My own presentation on a project idea that would screen some of the free-standing commercial trash dumpsters around town was the next topic. This discussion went longer than expected, as a possible ordinance was discussed that would require enclosures to be built around the dumpsters. There was some reluctance going this route, without serious consideration of the expense to the business owners.Open discussion included the Farmer’s Market, the estimated time frame for the recycling relocation from the fairgrounds to Chambers, and the Eagle Chamber’s momentum and request for them to provide quarterly updates.If you want to hear other updates on what is happening in the town, plan on attending the next meeting to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. See ya’ll at Town Hall!Brandi Resa is an Eagle Trustee who blogs at http://www.brandionboard.wordpress.com. Her opinions, of course, are her own.
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